New Delhi: A class 11 student studying in a private school in Ludhiana committed suicide on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, allegedly after he was beaten up, insulted and stripped in front of his classmates for wearing a pair of short pants.
The family of the victim, 17-year-old Dhananjay Tiwari, said he had been mentally disturbed and had not eaten for the past two days. Tiwari hanged himself from a ceiling fan at his home in Ludhiana's Daba area.
Two days before his death, the victim had gone to school wearing short pants, which the teachers found inappropriate and objected to.
Tiwari was abused verbally and thrashed by a school teacher, the principal and the school director for wearing the attire, the victim's father Brij Raj Tiwari alleged in the FIR lodged by the police. The father, who is from Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh, works at a factory in Ludhiana.
He said his son was beaten and humiliated in front of the whole class and was asked to stand outside the classroom as punishment by a teacher, identified as Poonam, said police. The police booked school principal Saroj Sharma, teacher Poonam and school director Prabhu Dutt, but no arrest has been made.
School principal Saroj Sharma is married to director Prabhu Dutt.
The boy had narrated the incident to his mother, who said her son had stopped going to the school after the incident.
Police officials are looking into the CCTV camera footage.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the incident had left him "anguished", prompting him to order a probe into the alleged suicide.
Deeply anguished to hear of a Class 11 student committing suicide after facing harassment by teachers at school. Have directed DC Ludhiana to personally look into the matter and report to me. My thoughts are with the family in this time of grief.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) November 30, 2019
(With inputs from agencies)